Termo is very saddened to announce the passing of Bob "Trout" Armantrout.
January 4, 2016
Robert L. Armantrout Obituary (1943 – 2015) Robert L. Armantrout passed away on 29 December 2015 at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, California. He was born on 2 April 1943 in Lima, Ohio, to Henry W. Armantrout and Dorothy Ann (Foltz) Armantrout, as one of three brothers. Bob graduated with the Lima Senior High Class of 1961 and then attended Ohio State University. He later moved with his parents in 1962 to Southern California, where he found work with a title company in Los Angeles and was recognized for his attention to detail. His father, who was a big band leader and owner of the Zender Music Store in Lima, helped Bob to learn to play jazz on the acoustic guitar. Bob joined a small combo led by organist, Lee Durley, and traveled up and down California with the “Three Easy Pieces” group playing at various night clubs. Realizing the limitations of what he could earn as a road musician, he then found work “running title” for an oil and gas lease acquisition firm in California that later led to his becoming an independent title consultant. Bryan Stanek, a close friend and colleague, contributed much to this obituary on how Bob consulted for many companies of varying sizes including Buttes Resources, Exxon, Mobil Oil and finally The Termo Company in Long Beach, California. In the early years, his consulting work required him to be on the road more often than not, tackling projects as varied and widespread as oil and gas plays in Washington, geothermal in Nevada, coal in North Dakota, Rights of Way in Connecticut, and uranium in New Mexico. During later years, he enjoyed a steady diet of desk jobs in Denver, Houston and Long Beach, primarily working on oil and gas projects in the Rockies, Texas and California. Bryan Stanek introduced him to David Combs, President of The Termo Company and Bob was hired and remained as a consultant for more than 15 years. Bob will long be remembered in the oil community for his professionalism as an “oil and gas” landman, as well as for his kindness, sincerity and generosity. David Combs wrote to his employees “Bob had a wide variety of oil industry contacts across the country and these were so valuable to your company on many occasions. He was so capable of analyzing lease submittals that we often received on our mineral holdings around the country. I am confident that Bob not only saved your company money, but made us money. Bob labored through agreements with other industry partners that may have been unfair to us and usually negotiated a fair middle ground.” Bob will be sorely missed in many ways, not the least of which was his ever-present sense of humor. He resided in Costa Mesa, California, from 1999 – 2015 and is survived by an elder brother, Jon Armantrout of Mountain View, California. He was predeceased by a younger brother, James Armantrout in 2010, his mother, Dottie Armantrout in 2010 and his father, Hank Armantrout in 2007, of Costa Mesa, California. He was a member of Orange County Musicians’ Association Local 7, American Federation of Musicians. Bob made many friends throughout the country wherever he went. He was always first to raise a toast to the good times that carried him through thick and thin. He loved being able to finally move back to Orange County to help care for his parents in their later years and his younger brother. His family was well known in local music circles since his father was a former President of Local 7, AFM.